Jessica VerBout, M.A., LMFT, CST

  • Marriage & Family Therapist & Certified Sex Therapist

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Specialties Treated:

Jessica's Style

"I just can't accept I'm attracted to [fill in the blank]. Am I normal?" "I've lost my desire for sex, even though I love my partner and am still attracted to them, I just find it exhausting to be sexual." "I know what I'm doing is wrong and hurtful, but I just can't control it when it happens. How can I stop this?" These are only a few examples of the struggles expressed by many clients; clients seeking a place of understanding, craving change, improvement, and help finding a sense of acceptance and peace with themselves.

 

My work with my clients is to help them rediscover themselves, bring back passion to their lives, and understand more of the reasons for their struggles, so they are more equipped to reclaim their happinessI identify myself as a sex-positive therapist, meaning I do not come from a place of judgement of sexual behaviors, expressions, orientations, or beliefs. I believe everyone has the personal right to satisfying, pleasurable, and self-defined sexuality. All sex is good sex, if it is consensual and pleasurable! My beliefs of sexual health align with the World Health Organization's definition of the six principles of sexual health:

  • Consent

  • Non-Exploitative

  • Honest

  • Shared Values

  • Protected from STI, HIV, and Unwanted Pregnancy

  • Pleasure

Through talk-based psychotherapy I strive to meet my clients where they are in their life. With a gentle, casual approach, my professional therapeutic style, while influenced by aspects of therapeutic theories (Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Sex Positive approaches, among others), has always been working from a client-focused, sex-positive and strength-based approach. Bad jokes, analogies and metaphors are incorporated within my casual therapy style, as I believe it is important to help others feels as comfortable as possible to share parts of their life with me that they may have never told another person about. I find my work with my clients a humbling opportunity to assist in the best way I  am able to work through their life's difficulties, increase satisfaction, and enhance their sexuality (and their feelings about their sexuality) as much as possible. I look forward to walking with my clients through their struggles, meeting them here they are, and helping them get to where they wish to be. 

Education/Certifications

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  • Bachelors of Arts in Child Psychology, with minors in English and Japanese from the University of Minnesota (2005, Mpls., MN)
     

  • Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University (2008 Mpls., MN)
     

  • PhD Student at the Modern Sex Therapy Institute (2022 to present)

 

  • Independently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota (2011)

 

  • Clinical member of and Certified Sex Therapist from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT, 2015)
     

  • Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
     

  • PREPARE/ENRICH provider
     

  • Board Approved MN MFT Supervisor 
     

  • AASECT Supervisor in Training

Professional Services

Supervision:

I also provides professional supervision services for those working toward Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) licensure in the state of Minnesota, and those seeking certification in sex therapy through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)​​

  • MFT Individual Supervision Rate: $80/hour

  • MFT Group Supervision Rate: $50/group
     

  • AASECT Individual Supervision Rate: $100/hour
     

  • MN MFT & AASECT Supervision Rate: $100/hour

Consultation/Guest Speaking:

I also provide professional consultation & guest speaking services for those professionals wishing to consult on cases and/or areas of my expertise. My consultation rate is $100/hour for professional consultations and guest speaking events.

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